Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Who goes to Hell (for sure)?

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I acknowledge that no man can judge another's soul - but understanding Christianity does require the teaching and understanding of at least the kind of person that Hell was made for.

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One of the problems about modern understanding of Hell is a mistake in providing examples of the kind of person who would be expected to go to Hell: the kind of person for whom Hell was made.

So, the example given is of some spectacular sinner - such as Stalin or Hitler, some serial killer or child murderer.

Without wanting to say that such persons are not destined for Hell, I think it is a serious mistake to use such persons as sure or typical examples of Hell-bound.

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Such examples lead to problems about repentance, since it seems likely from scripture that any sin may be repented, Christ believed-in, and the sinner forgiven

How do we know what happened in the last micro-moments of the life of a spectacular sinners?

We don't. And if un-repented sin is the problem, not sin itself, and since we all are sinners, it is an error to dwell on the magnitude of sin as decisive. 

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What, then, would be the archetypal denizen of Hell?

I think it is reasonably clear from scripture that Hell is not typically for spectacular sinners but for the apostate - for the rejectors of Heaven.

In other words Hell is for the unrepentant; but more specifically for the unrepetant who knows what it is they are not repenting; especially for those who have known Christ's offer of salvation and have rejected it.

This is, I take it, the unforgiveable sin of the Holy Ghost.

Mark 3: 29: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

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This interpretation may, or may not, imply that Hell is a rare outcome for people; but the most important thing is that it clarifies what Hell is primarily for: it is primarily for those Men and Angels who have refused the offer of Heaven - who know of Christ's work, who understand what the offer of salvation is and what it means; and who have chosen to reject it.

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And the thing which induces people to know yet to reject the offer is pride; an insistence upon imposing one's own, personal, system of evaluation upon reality.

It is not that such people actively want Hell as such, but that they deliberately reject Heaven - because Heaven entails chosen subordination of oneself to God, to Reality, to objective Truth.

It is in this sense that Hell is chosen.

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Therefore, in explaining Hell (especially to children or simple folk) the surest example of a sinner destined for Hell is the once-real-Christian who has 'lost his faith' or whose faith has become a matter of his own will: a person more much like the apostate 'liberal' religious leaders of many major Christian denominations than like the spectacular doers of evil.

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And this view of Hell as a chosen rejection of Christ and of Heaven, makes clear the exceptional state of sin and peril of our civilization; since the continual propaganda for inversion of the good is making more and more of the kind of people who imagine they have 'seen through' the conventional, repressive pretensions of traditional (which they term sexist, patriarchal, racist etc) concepts of virtue, truth and beauty.

The kind of person who would make the astonishing step of choosing Hell is the kind of person who believes that what their parents and ancestors believed was good is actually evil - what was regarded as wicked is virtuous, that standards of beauty change and reverse so ugliness is art, and that 'reality' is not really-real but is a social construct - malleable in an open-ended fashion.

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In the past, almost everybody - including spectacular sinners - would have wanted what Christ offered.

They may not have believed in the reality of the offer, they may not have believed the identity of Christ, they may have been unable to live in accordance with the commandments - but they would not have chosen to refuse the offer of resurrection and eternal life in Heaven if or when it was put to them as a real possibility.

Once they knew the truth of the situation, after death and beyond the veil, they would repent and believe and attain salvation.  

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Yet, the modern intellectual elite is replete with people who would refuse the offer of salvation and eternal life - even if or when they knew it to be true! Because, by their warped evaluations, truth is evil.

And they have apparently succeeded in seducing many of the Western population to embrace their evaluations.

Such people know good from evil; and they prefer and promote evil - on the basis that everyone in human history and almost everyone alive now (outside of the Left/ Liberal enclaves of The West) has always been wrong about everything important - including matters of common sense and universal experience.

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The socially-dominant Leftist doctrines of inversion of the good are therefore probably the most effective tool ever devised for inducing a world view from which it seem right to choose Hell over Heaven, despite knowing the facts.

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